A celebration of all things active, the Outdoor City Weekender highlights the Steel City’s appeal to sport fans and its potential as a gateway to the great outdoors
At the top of a dual slalom mountain bike track, I grip the handlebars and prepare to push off. The course is about to unfurl beneath my tyres: two parallel tracks, around 300m long and riddled with banked corners, or “berms”, and rolling bumps known as “whoops”. In the lane next to me, my opponent appears calm and collected beneath his helmet and body armour.
The proximity between city life, outdoor adventure and rural escapes can’t be replicated anywhere else in the UK